It’s Tuesday after Easter as I write these words and my mind is still on our services last week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and, of course, Easter Sunday. I am just so appreciative of all of our laity and staff who helped us prepare for Lent and Holy Week, and who then participated in our wonderful services. I’ve received emails and comments from several of you talking about how inspiring our worship services were. I think our Good Friday service was one of the most inspiring I have seen in a long, long time. Our choir under the direction of Jared Wilson led us in a service that as one member said, touched all of our senses. They worked hard and once again I am grateful for each of them, as I know you are.
I did not attend our SON-rise service because at that time every Sunday I am rather busy going over and over and over my message for the day. But I was told that it was one of the best ever, and I am grateful for our youth and our leaders who helped prepare such a meaningful beginning to our Easter celebration. We fed twice Easter morning—a pancake breakfast for our congregation and then our regular Sunday Dinner. A number of folks volunteered to make this possible and I am grateful for all of your hard work.
That brought us to our Easter service. So many of you have commented about how inspiring the worship service was and also about how many folks crowded our Sanctuary. One person said she had never seen that many people in our Sanctuary—ever! It was a great day.
Let’s not forget the good news of Easter. Easter doesn’t protect us from the difficulties of life. Easter doesn’t change the circumstances of life. But Easter does remind us that the presence of the risen Christ surrounding us is stronger than the world’s problem before us.
Cliff C. Wright, Jr.